December 2014

AMS Moves Off Lihir

It’s an exciting time for Anitua Mining Services with two new operations in Manus and Bougainville. "Not only are we generating new business off Lihir," says AMS General Manager, Mark Edwards, "we’re also making sure that we get maximum usage of our equipment, some of which would otherwise not be utilised on Lihir with the shrinking of Newcrest’s operations there." 

Manus: Together with local firm Pusinai Quarry, AMS has formed a new company called Pusani Ltd. The company will be primarily involved in producing crushed materials from a quarry located in the Polomou area of Manus, with the materials being used both in some major projects as well as routine road maintenance projects. Crushing will soon commence as all of the necessary equipment has arrived on site and staff are in the final stages of the quarry bench work preparation. John Bassett, based in Lorengau, is the Business Unit Manager for the Manus operation.

Bougainville: At the request of Bougainville business, AMS has despatched some of its excess machinery to Arawa to commence a full scale crushing operation to be located between Kieta and Aropa. AMS will be supplying both equipment and expertise in crushing and road works to facilitate the timely and efficient development of Bougainville and to nurture Bougainville business. An important byproduct of this new project is that AMS trainers will also be providing highly valued training to the local workforce many of whom have not been in paid employment for significant periods of time. As with the Manus project, a new company named Eastrac Ltd has been formed between AMS and a local business. Ron Everson is the Business Unit Manager of the Bougainville operation.

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